A Pacific Island Super Rugby team has never looked more likely but prospective franchisees are being urged to work with the national unions in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

New Zealand Rugby released the findings of the Aratipu Report on Friday, which recommended a Pasifika team be included in a revamped Super competition from next year.

Pacific Rugby Players CEO Aayden Clarke said, while there was still a lot of water to go under the bridge, the signs were promising.

“I know New Zealand Rugby’s appetite is really high at the moment, which I commend them on,” he said.

“We’ve been encouraging them around really playing a leadership role for World Rugby in terms of supporting and providing opportunities for the Pacific and that seems to be happening.”

The prospect of a Pasifika Super Rugby side followed confirmation a Pacific Island-owned team had received provisional approval to play in North America’s Major League Rugby competition from next year.


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